Simple idea: I would find it helpful to see whether an instance is checked as active in the list of instances, rather than having to click on each instance to check its status. This could be done by moving the ‘is active’ checkbox onto the instance name in the list.
Then it would also be nice to have a ‘check all’ / ‘uncheck all’ option. Especially when I’m testing fonts, I want to only generate a subset of instances, so being able to fairly quickly edit the set of active instances would be helpful.
[Another way to manage the latter use case would be the ability to define instance sets.]
You can also select one instance. Then, Shift-click another to select the ones in between the previous selection and including the one you selected. Then, use Command-click to add others to the selection and maybe do another Shift-click to select a range. Hope that makes sense.
Is the number so high because these split up into different file types, like WOFF, CFF and TT? If so, I would consider using .glyphsProject files. You can copy and paste instances between the Font Info window and the Project window.
It’s high because 3 axes: one with nine named instances, one with five named instances, and one with six named instances. So 270 i just the outcome of interaction of those axes. Some of the test environments within which we need to examine the design are not variable font savvy, so a lot of static instances need to get generated as test sets, but in some cases we only want to test a portion of the design space.
I’ll take a look at the project file mechanism to see if this might be useful in this regard. Thanks, Rainer.
Thinking more about ways to make working with large numbers of instances easier, it occurs to me that having a tool that would enable searching in instance names and data would be useful, with the capability to e.g select all the instances whose names contain ‘ExtraLight’, or select all the instances whose interpolation Weight value is 315.
If you select an instance, then you can edit its custom parameters. If you select 2 or more, then the parameter field is blank. Would it not be nice if I could see and edit those custom parameters that the selected instances have in common. For example “Keep Glyph” lists.